"This painting is significant in my journey, of finding my place and growing. In recognition of the importance in being ourselves, this story is inspired by the quote “To be yourself in a world that is trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”- Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

This painting is made up of two main elements; firstly, a series of large U-shaped symbols that in Aboriginal culture mean an individual. I have painted these symbols in abstract geometric shapes and orientations to symbolise differences. They’re painted in unique individual colours that are inclusive and warming. Then prominently featuring is the traditional age-old technique of cross-hatching. The significance is in the individual symbols being tethered by the cross-hatching technique. It represents ‘Ourselves’ coming together, celebrating achievements, accepting similarities and differences, individually and collectively while being yourself. 

It is not always easy to be yourself and sometimes you find you’re trying to fit in around others. It has taken a long time to truly believe in myself and to know that it is ok to be me. Since finding my place on this journey, I am myself, I belong in this world with everybody else and I am here to stay. I have been blessed to be born into two cultures, I am always proud of where I have come from. 

I truly think if we believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything."

- Lizzy Stageman

The Indigenous Collection translates original artworks by First Nation artists into three-dimensional luxury rugs using the finest materials such as wool and silk.
The copyright of the original designs and stories behind each of the artworks remains the property of the individual artist.
Each artist is paid a royalty of every sale.

S‍ize: 2.5M x 2.5M

  • Available in various qualities and manufacturing options including hand-tufting and hand-knotting.
  • 100% New Zealand wool or 100% wool with various fibres like silk or viscose.
  • Suitable for residential and commercial applications
  • Various textures available such cut pile, loop pile and mixture of yarns

If required, the design can be customised regarding shape, size and colour in consultation with the artist

Tappeti acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. 
We acknowledge the Cameraygal people who are  the traditional custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. 
We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. 
Tappeti is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

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